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Football | Ghana

Badu focused despite Fifa snub



Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is hopeful of a better football year ahead despite his failure to make it into the top three for Fifa’s Goal of Year award

The Puskas Award went online for the world to vote for the best three among ten entries. In the end Radamal Falcao, Neymar and Miroslav Stoch were shortlisted.

“It’s one of those things and trust me, I feel very fine. The fact that my goal got such recognition makes me happy. All I need to do is focus on my game and score better goals. It’s just a matter of time,” the player told superpsport.com

The Ghanaian saw his masterful goal in the 2012 African Cup against Guinea go head to head with the others, but for Agyemang-Badu, the three finalists all deserve to win.

“All ten goals were special, to be honest. And as you know it was open to public voting on the internet and with things like that it’s all about perception. They all have an equal chance of winning.”

The Puskas award is given to a player, male or female adjudged to have scored the ‘most beautiful goal’ of the season.

Looking forward, the player tells supersport.com that Udinese’s home game against Cagliari this weekend is vital, especially as his side see themselves in 12th position – an unfamiliar place for a team that’s done so well in the past few seasons.

“Cagliari are on top of us on the Serie A table so for us it is time to give the season a big lift. We’ve been on and off because of the loss of key players and a few other things. But we’re working on it.”

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